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It took Amanda Nunes less than a minute to let everyone know that she is the 2016 female fighter of the year.

Nunes stunned Ronda Rousey in front of a pro-Rousey T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Friday night, finishing the former champion in just 48 seconds with a barrage of strikes.

The Brazilian, who entered as the underdog despite her July win over Miesha Tate for the belt, closed out the year with a perfect record.

“This is amazing,” Nunes said. “Before I walked, we talked. This moment was my moment. (Rousey) had her time.”

Cody Garbrandt finally ended the run of dominance by Dominick Cruz over Team Alpha Male fighters, winning the UFC bantamweight belt in the co-main event.

Garbrandt, unbeaten in his career, picked his spots and had no trouble attacking “The Dominator” whenever he wanted. The Ohio native busted him open early and dropped him several times, including three knockdowns in the fourth round.

The loss for Cruz was the first since a 2007 submission defeat at the hands of Urijah Faber. He was stripped of the UFC title due to injuries, winning it back earlier this year.

Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw put on a near-perfect performance vs. top contender John Lineker, sweeping the scorecards in his favor, 30-26. Dillashaw, who lost the belt to Cruz via split decision in January, called for his shot at the title next.

Ray Borg and Dong Hyun Kim claimed decisions to begin the main card. Borg controlled Louis Smolka in a flyweight affair, while Kim overcame former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine at welterweight.

The main card lost heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez when the Nevada Athletic Commission deemed Velasquez unfit to fight. Werdum and the UFC were unable to come to an agreement to keep him on the card.

Neil Magny capped off the FOX Sports 1 prelims with a decision victory over former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. Hendricks missed weight and has already stated he will move to middleweight next. The win was the fourth in the last five fights for Magny.

Antonio Carlos Junior earned himself a decision over Marvin Vettori. The 26-year-old has now won two straight and is 4-2 with a no-contest in the UFC.

Niko Price kicked off the televised prelims with a first round submission of Brandon Thatch, while Alex Garcia followed with one of the biggest knockouts of the year vs. Mike Pyle.

Minutes into the welterweight contest, Garcia landed a right-hand that floored Pyle, bringing the fight to a close. The win was the fourth for Garcia inside the Octagon.

The night started off with an interesting decision, as Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira ended in a no-contest. Means was cited for delivering illegal knees to a grounded opponent, ending the contest in the first round.

Oliveira was forced from the Octagon on a stretcher.

Complete results are on the following page:

UFC 207 Countdown takes you inside the lives and training camps of four bantamweights preparing for their title fights this evening.

Former champion Ronda Rousey returns to the Octagon fiercely motivated to recapture the belt she pioneered. But current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has no intention of letting go of her hard-earned title.

Plus, resurgent bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz braces for yet another challenger from his longtime rivals at Team Alpha Male: undefeated knockout artist Cody Garbrandt, who intends to claim the belt for that camp once and for all.

UFC 207 has been centered around the return of Ronda Rousey.

But Friday’s year-end UFC event is so much more.

Rousey returns in the main event to take on Amanda Nunes for the female bantamweight title from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It marks her first fight since a loss to Holly Holm for the belt last year in Australia.

Along with that title fight, Cody Garbrandt challenges Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight belt. Garbrandt, a member of Team Alpha Male, is unbeaten in his MMA career.

Ex-UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw takes on John Lineker to being the pay-per-view main card. Former heavyweight titleholders Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez were scheduled to compete, but the Nevada Athletic Commission would not clear Velasquez due to his back injury.

The FOX Sports 1 prelims feature another former champion, Johny Hendricks, battling Neil Magny.

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

UFC Bantamweight Championship
Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt

Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker

Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Louis Smolka


Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny

Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori

Welterweight: Alex Garcia vs. Mike Pyle


Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira

Welterweight: Brandon Thatch vs. Niko Price

ufc rankings

Michelle Waterson jumped four places in the latest uFC rankings after her win over Paige VanZant at UFC on FOX 22.

Waterson, a former Invicta FC atomweight champion, is now ranked seventh at strawweight. VanZant dropped two places to ninth.

A handful of fighters moved up in the bantamweight division, while Rani Yahya debuted in the Top-15.

There was little change elsewhere, though Cris Cyborg moved up two spots in the pound-for-pound Top-15 to 11th where she is tied with Amanda Nunes.

For anyone who questioned if UFC on FOX 22 might be the last time we see Sage Northcutt, the youngster wants you to know that isn’t happening.

Northcutt did reveal a change in his future, as he will return to lightweight following a submission loss to Mickey Gall.

At 155 pounds, Northcutt is a perfect 3-0 inside the Octagon. He has lost twice while competing at welterweight.

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